Posts Tagged ‘selfishness’

  

“The greatest among you must be a servant.” (Matthew‬ ‭23:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, the notorious enemy at the Alamo, was a charming politician, but he was foolish in his ways. After being captured and allowing Texas its freedom, Santa Anna would be later released in 1837 by President Andrew Jackson, promising to never serve in politics again. That promise wouldn’t last. He would rise and fall numerous times in Mexico before eventually fleeing to Europe around 1855. He would die in Mexico in 1876 as a broken old man.

As the old saying goes, “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” It is a dangerous thing when we entertain the thought of arising to places where we can have others do what we want them too. Selfishness has no place in leadership. The lust for power and control is a corrupting cancer that no one is immune to.

If God raises you up as a leader, follow His example to be a Servant-Leader. God will only allow us to lead if He knows He can trust us to do the job right. Be safe and usable to God! You are loved today! 

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We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us.” (1 John‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬ NLT)

A few years back, our family was heading to our church for the Wednesday night service. My kids were singing some Jonas Brothers song about love. My wife promptly stopped the chorus, giving a rousing lecture as to how they had no idea what real love was, only fuzzy emotions that are fickle, to which my youngest son immediately launches into the heartfelt cry from the 80s, “I Want To Know What Love Is, I Want You To Show Me!” And at that moment, I knew that I was a successful Father. My work here is done!

For most people, our idea of love is contingent upon how people treat us: if good, then love ensues; if bad, then love is abandoned. But true love isn’t something that turns on and off like a faucet. Our love is based off of the example that Jesus gives, being unconditional and free to all. To try and love different that His example is not real love but a conditional response.

Come to Jesus with the same prayer as the lyrics to the old song, “I want to know what love is & I want you to show me!” Learn the extent of His love for you, then ask for His help to imitate it. The Lord is always ready to help you live right! You are loved today! Press on!